I am all ready and waiting for my Grand daughter and her husband with Ula (5) and Hewie (7 months) tea all laid out in the kitchen, cling-filmed salads and strawberried.. I have been all morning as I go so slowly these days but it is almost three years since I saw them other than on Zoom. The dining room is laid ready once they have chosen what to eat. One thing I am not short of is trolleys to wheel the plates through - folk with handicaps are well catered for in that department in Richmondshire.,
After a wet start the sun is out and there is a brisk wind blowing. The presents are hidden (she doesn't know about them. For Ula - a ballet rainbow tutu dressing up skirt, a pencil case holding a set of different 'strength' pencils and a set of pencil crayons, a good quality sketch book and a face cloth embroidered by a loyal follower (thank you again dear follower if only I could remember your name.) For Hewie a Teddy I have knitted which friend S has sewn up and finished off (nose!). a bib again embroidered by loyalfollower - thank you) and a cheque to make up the amount spent to the same for each of them. All waiting - the food took me so long to prepare.
Now I can go and watch the tennis again - I watched a lot of it yesterday and it was a real treat to see. I might be around lter in the day to tell you how it all went if I am not too tired,
Well at half past seven they have just gone. They were intending to stay at a nearby hotel but instead are staying at The Jonas Centre a nearby Christian Centre with log cabins for guests. They stayed there last evening - only around five miles from here. We have had a lovely day - the presents were a great success especially the tutu and the sketch - book she has spent the whole day sketching (while wearing the tutu), The new baby is a good natured chap in spite of suffering from excema and also teething. I spent the whole morning getting the meal ready, covering it in clingfilm and then covering the whole lot with a cloth. I had just sat down with a cup of tea when they arrived. But it was a joy to see them all and I have enjoyed it immensely. Now I shall make myself a cuppa and sit down to watch Montelbano.